overhead with no leverage to push:
It takes a lot of back and stomach muscle to push it in overhead but not if you hold it in place with the one hand and pop it with the palm of the other. Just make sure you hit it square so it doesn't get pushed to the side and bend the pin.
Cutting circles and arcs in drywall:
Arches and circles can be cut in drywall holding the string at the center of your arc
with your thumb in one hand and cutting a line in the drywall with your other hand.
By leaning your Rocket Anchor over at an angle you can cut a line in the paper with
the needle. Stick a nail through at the center to mark the other side and cut it too.
4. Wall plumbing shortcut:
This is not shown in the instruction manual but instead of removing the cap and slide
piece you can shortcut by loosening the cap and running the string between the top of
the slide piece and the cap then tighten the cap down again. The distance the string will
stand away from the wall will be lessened but most chalk boxes will still hang freely without
bumping the wall or post giving you a plumb line.
5. Plumb bob drop and stick:
When using the plumb bob option and you are on tall ladder and need to mark the
location below; hold the bob 6"-12" above the floor wait until it quits swinging and let go of
the string allowing it drop and stick in the floor to mark the location. You would be surprised how accurate it is +/- 1/16", but only works if the needle is very sharp; sharper than we send them out new.
6. Clean out screw heads:
You can clean out drywall mud and paint from screw heads in order to back them out with a driver and don't have to go to the truck for some special tool because it is right there in your bag.
a handle on things:
Often when nailing off a small piece of say soffit it is difficult to get it up there and pull it into place for air nailing so I use to screw a drywall screw into it as a handle. It usually made a bigger hole in the material than I cared and I had to go get the screw driver but it worked. Now with my handy Rocket I just push it in to use as a handle and it doesn't damage the material.
your Rocket down from the ceiling without a ladder:
Ever get tired of dragging your ladder around to go back up and pull a nail or in this case pull out your Rocket? Instead of bringing the ladder back just use the handle end of your hammer to lightly tap on the Rocket to release it from the ceiling. Another method for higher than 8' is use a 2x4 and bump up under it lightly until it falls back to earth. This works really well when snapping on tall walls with one man on a fork lift and a driver on the ground.
a permanent tie-on hole:
You don't need to wait for the permanent tie-on model when you can create it yourself. Drill a 5/64" hole at the nose, feed the string through and tie a knot as in the following photo.
Perfect for finding studs behind drywall, it is much quicker and easier than using a finish nail. Just extend the pin out about an inch and push it into till you hit the stud. Great for cabinets and trim when the pin holes get covered but still it's smaller and cleaner than any other probe. *Be extra careful handling it and store in a safe place.*
Key Storage in the Sheath:
Having the hex key right on the tool is always a nice feature. The hex key that comes with the rocket has a loop in the end for your key chain but if you dig in the bottom of you tool box chances are you can find a straight handled one to mount in the sheath. Drill a 3/32"hole in the back of the sheath through the webs and into the cavity. Sent in by Mike Guertin, RI
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